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Native American Languages Major

18 yearly degrees
#359 in popularity
$55,000 median salary

Native American languages is a major that typically falls into the Foreign Languages & Linguistics category.

There are 4 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in Native American languages, 4 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 2 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 1 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

Who Is Getting a Native American Languages Degree?

Native American languages is one of the least chosen majors in the country, ranked #323 in popularity. About 0 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in the field in 2017. The major attracts more women than men. About 100% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial Distribution

At the countrywide level, the racial distribution of Native American languages majors is as follows:

  • Asian: 0%
  • Black or African American: 0%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 0%
  • White: 0%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 0%
  • Other Races: 100%
Native American Languages Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Native American languages. About 0% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending Native American languages majors to the U.S. are.

What Will You Learn as a Native American Languages Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to Native American languages to rate how important certain subject areas were to their job. The following are some of the results of that survey. Importance was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Native American Languages Majors

A major in Native American languages should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

Important Knowledge Areas for Native American Languages Majors

Skills for Native American Languages Majors

When studying Native American languages, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

Important Skills for Native American Languages Majors

Abilities for Native American Languages Majors

As you progress with your Native American languages degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

Important Abilities for Native American languages Majors

What Can You Do With a Native American Languages Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with Native American languages:

Careers Related to Native American Languages
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

Foreign Language and Literature Professors



Interpreters and Translators



Native American Languages Major Salary

Average salaries range from $55,000 to $79,000 for careers related to Native American languages. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, the typical high school graduate makes between $29,000 and $57,000 a year. The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $44,000 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,000 and $120,000.

Average Salary for a Native American Languages Major  ( 55000 to 79000 )
Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
Average Salary with Advanced Degree  ( 55000 to 120000 )

Your salary will be largely dependent on the career path you follow and what area of the country (or world) you work. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

Amount of Education Required for Native American Languages Major Jobs

Some careers associated with Native American languages may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much education do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to Native American languages have obtained the following education levels.

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Native American Languages
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma


High School Diploma or Equivalent


Post-Secondary Certificate


Some College Courses


Associate's Degree or Equivalent


Bachelor's Degree


Post-Baccalaureate Certificate


Master's Degree


Post-Master's Certificate


First Professional Degree


Doctoral Degree


Post-Doctoral Training


Online Native American Languages Programs

There are 4 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in Native American languages, with 0 of them offering at least some courses online.

Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.

Getting your degree online is not easy and includes watching and listening to hours of lectures, participating in group charts, submitting papers by the appropriate deadline and taking tests. Some online programs will also feature internships or in-person clinical hours.

Is a Native American Languages Major Worth It?

The median salary for a Native American languages grad is $55,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 42% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $326,600 after 20 years!

Native American languages salary compared to typical high school and college graduates over a 20 year period


Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics
O*NET Online
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